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March 14, 2012
By Cynthia Creek, media assistant
The Northwest Missouri State University chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has received the prestigious L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant from the AAPG Foundation for the seventh year in a row.
The L. Austin Weeks grant is funded by a generous endowment gift from the Weeks family. The foundation awarded more than 68 grants this year.
While each grant is worth $1,000, half of the grant is given to the AAPG student chapter and the remaining $500 is awarded to a nominated undergraduate student who is a member of the chapter.
Lonnie Treese, a senior geology major with an environmental emphasis at Northwest, is this year’s student recipient.
The grant has provided $7,000 to the AAPG student chapter at Northwest during the past seven years. The funds support educational expenses of undergraduate geoscience students and their departments, such as field trips.
“AAPG supports all aspects of geology and promotes students to get more involved in geology,” Dr. John Paul Pope, Northwest assistant professor of geosciences, said. “The grant allows us to let students go on field trips like the Kansas City gem and mineral show or to Ireland and Scotland. These field trips let students gain a broader knowledge of geology.”
Founded in 1917, the AAPG is the world's largest professional geological society. The membership of AAPG includes geologists, geophysicists, CEOs, managers, consultants, students and academicians. The purpose of the organization is to foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology and inspire high professional conduct.
For more information about the grant, click here.
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